For Release: March 18, 2009
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university serving self-directed learners of all ages, appointed Father Rick Ganz, SJ as special counsel to the president for an 18-month term beginning March 30, 2009.
Ganz will report directly to Marylhurst University President Judi Johansen. He will help oversee Marylhurst's long-term strategic planning process, teach classes, support the office of university ministry and enhance Marylhurst's presence in the community.
"The depth and diverse expertise of Father Ganz will add a new dimension to our leadership team," Johansen said. "Marylhurst will benefit from the wisdom he has gained through his dedicated years of service as an educator and spiritual guide.
"Marylhurst is engaged in a very focused future planning process, and Father Ganz has key skills needed to assist us in that work. He has a wonderful ability to inspire mission-focused institutions to understand their unique purpose. We look forward to benefitting from his unique gifts and talents at Marylhurst."
As a member of the Oregon Province of Jesuits for 36 years, Ganz served as a teacher and administrator at the high school and university level. Most recently, he served as the director of university ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he guided the university's commitment to educate and integrate the spiritual lives of its students. Prior to that, he served as a teacher and administrator at Jesuit High School.
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university located one mile south of Lake Oswego on Highway 43, offers professional certificates and degrees for undergraduate and graduate studies. Marylhurst's small, seminar-style classes—which are offered weekdays, evenings, weekends and online—provide many educational options for students with busy lives.